Good night, good rest (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77266:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 547 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-11-15)  CPDL #55914:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-15).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Good night, good rest
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or a cappella

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 265
Description: Lyrics are no. 14 from the Passionate Pilgrim. originally attributed to William Shakespeare, but now thought to be anonymous.

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Original text and translations

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Good night, good rest! Ah! neither be my share!
She bade good night that kept my rest away;
And daffed me to a cabin hanged with care;
To descant on the doubts of my decay;
⁠Yet at my parting sweetly did she smile,
In scorn or friendship, nil I construe whether;
'Tmay be she joyed to jest at my exile,
'Tmay be again to make me wander hither,
Yet at my parting did she smile.
Farewell, quoth she, and come again tomorrow,
⁠Farewell I could not, for I supped with sorrow.
Yet at my parting sweetly did she smile.